A lovely and rare 14th-century circular dovecote with metre-thick walls, over 580 nesting holes and original rotating ladder, nestled in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside.
The 14th-century dating comes from the 'ogee' arch of the doorway. It is the only remaining relic of a moated grange belonging to the Abbey of Evesham, which was situated to the north-west of the Dovecote.
The squabs, or young pigeons, would have made good eating at a time of the year when fresh meat was scarce. Only the Lord of the Manor was allowed to build or own a Dovecote. The pigeons fed off the crops of the Lord and tenants alike which caused much resentment leading to court cases in this country and to revolution in France.
When you visit Kinwarton Dovecote make the most of your day by visiting nearby Coughton Court, a Tudor house set in beautiful grounds, which is roughly a ten minute drive from the dovecote.
Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:
If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.
Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.
An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.
|Amount paid by visitor||£11.00||£10.00|
|Tax refund from Government*||£2.75||£0.00|
|Total received by the National Trust||£13.75||£10.00|
Closes dusk if earlier.